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Its not too extravagant or pretentious. It does what it says on the tin.

Charlotte
Local Engagement Specialist Preston

There is a diverse arts and culture scene in Preston which accommodates everything and everyone. We have organisations/events such as; Lancashire Encounters, Derelict, The Harris Museum, They Eat Culture, The Birley and many more.

 

All images of Preston provided by local photographer Garry Cook.

Preston's Theatre Club

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Live music in the heart of Preston - The Harris Museum

#HarrisLive is back by popular demand! The Harris Live concerts will be held on the following dates, all 7.30pm-9.30pm with doors ...

27th Oct 2017

Local Knowledge

Charlotte
Preston local engagement specialist
Personal insight from our local engagement specialist in Preston, Charlotte
What do you love about where you live?

I enjoy living in Preston as its a small city with everything you need on your doorstep. Its not too extravagant or pretentious. It does what it says on the tin. There is a unique greyness that hangs in the sky, a strong wind tunnel in the centre and an arctic climate in the train station. Its just a very northern place with butter pies, lovely greenery and a river. The grey clouds which hang are emphasised by the lack of high rise tower blocks, but I don’t think Preston is a place for those, it has a wonderfully strange mix of architecture and is a fairly cheap place to live with good connections to the train station.

There is a diverse arts and culture scene in Preston which accommodates everything and everyone. We have organisations/events such as; Lancashire Encounters, Derelict, The Harris Museum, They Eat Culture, The Birley and many more.

Ignore that Preston is classed as having the most unhealthiest high street in the UK, there are ways to avoid it.

In your opinion, what is the most useful piece of information that someone who is coming to your town should know?

Preston is a City

The pedestrianisation of Preston City centre is somewhat unclear. Lots of money was spent making it more accessible, however, its unclear if cars are driving on pavements or people are walking on roads.

What are people in town talking about at the moment?

Preston’s main museum and library, The Harris Museum has a new free WiFi connection. You can now connect to free wifi outside of The Harris Museum on the  flag market and surrounding streets.

Gossips from the streets of Preston is always the latest offer in the local bargain store. Or new shops opening, re-locating and shutting down. Staples has mostly recently rebranded to ‘Office Outlet’. This may be down to the current technological age we live in and the lack of necessity for a staple

What’s the story that is not featured in the papers this week, but that someone who is visiting should know about?

Sadly, there is a large amount of homeless people in Preston, yet we continue to build more and more extravagant student housing and let un-used buildings sit empty… This is not featured enough.

What is the architecture of the buildings like?

Preston is a city full of age and design. It has thousands and thousands of terraced houses, still existing from the once thriving cotton industry.

There is a real mixture of graded buildings. Especially the Harris buildings, located around Preston.

Obviously you have the bus station, a grade 2 listed building with a typically 60s brutalist architectural design.

Preston was originally known as ‘Priests-Tun’ due to the many number of churches growing out of the middle ages. ‘St Waltburge’ has the tallest spire for any parish church in England.

Many years ago Preston had an amazing gothic Town Hall as a neighbour to the Harris museum. It had the second largest bell tower in Britain after London’s Big Ben. Unfortunately in 1947 there was a fire and it burnt down and further was completely demolished in the 60s. The ‘Crystal House’ stands in the former Town Halls place, a real eye sore for Prestonians. The Crystal House now homes a section of restaurants, including Turtle Bay and a new patisserie.

What are the residents of your town most proud of?

From my perspective, I would say Prestonians are most proud of the architecture, especially the bus station. Its always being ‘saved’. ‘Preston Bus Station is variously reported as the second largest bus station in western Europe, the longest in Europe, and the largest in the world’. Some may say different, but this is what I have been told. Make sure you go and see it and take your tape measure.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your place?

I don’t think that Preston is given the credit it deserves. It’s a great little city with so much energy. There isn’t a specific arts scene, but there is arts in the city all the time. There are lots of great independent cafes and shops to discover and I am sure you’ll meet someone on your journey who’ll make you laugh.

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